Herbert 'Cowboy' Coward
|Herbert 'Cowboy' Coward|
August 21, 1938
Coward's mother died when he was young. He and his siblings were raised by their father.
Coward began acting in the Wild West amusement park Ghost Town in the Sky in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. Coward got the role as the toothless mountain man in Deliverance when Burt Reynolds remembered him from working together at the park early in his career. Coward turned up for the audition looking so much like a hillbilly that director John Boorman, who had trouble finding an actor for the part, thought Reynolds had told him what to wear. Coward also had to be told his lines and improvised many of them, including the famous "He got a real pretty mouth, ain't he?", since he was illiterate at the time of filming.
In 2007, Coward played the role of Harmon Teaster in the film adaptation of Ghost Town. It was only his second film role and his first in 34 years. Former co-star Bill McKinney from Deliverance played the role of Victor Burnett. Coward has recently starred in Destination America's Hillbilly Blood.
Coward now resides in Canton, North Carolina with his wife, Bertha. He has a pet squirrel named Angel which can be seen on Destination America's Hillbilly Blood.
- Deliverance (1972) - Toothless Man
- Ghost Town (2007) - Harmon Teaster
- Harkins, Anthony (2005). Hillbilly a cultural history of an American icon. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 209. ISBN 9780195189506. Search this book on
- "Herbert Coward". The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 24, 2014.
- "Deliverance". The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 25, 2014.
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